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Our previous conferences

Photo: Starting Out. Our 2020 online conference aimed at professionals working with deaf children (0 - 7 years)

2020 - Starting Out: Supporting deaf babies, children and their families in the early years (0-7 years)

Our 2020 conference took place online, on the 24 November 2020, and was designed for professionals working with deaf children and their families.

It brought together high-profile leaders and practitioners who talked about the importance of supporting families and carers of deaf children in the early years. They also provided insight into the challenges faced by families and best practice ideas in improving the support provided to them.

Conference overview

Five babies are born deaf every day in the UK. We know they can do anything other children can do, given the right support from the start. Families and carers have the greatest influence on a child's outcomes but they need your support to access clear, balanced information and make informed choices.

Starting Out 2020 highlighted best practice and guidance and gave practical ideas for supporting deaf children and their families.

It focussed around three main themes;

  • Language and communication development
  • Emotional and social development
  • Empowering families

Families played a central role, providing the opportunity to hear about personal experiences first-hand from families of deaf children.

Schedule of the event

Find out more about the content of the event.

Conference recordings available on demand

If you missed out on attending our 2020 conference but would like to view the event, we have recordings of the day available to purchase.

These recordings are available on demand, on our online training portal. To access these recordings, you will need to register on our online learning portal.

2019 - Deaf Mental Health

Our Deaf Mental Health Conference took place on 2 July 2019 and attracted nearly 200 people including psychologists, audiologists, speech and language therapists and Teachers of the Deaf.

It focussed on the emotional health and wellbeing of deaf children and young people, something that we know can impact on their achievements at different stages as they grow up.

The day brought together leaders and practitioners who shared and discussed the challenges that deaf children and young people face regarding emotional health and wellbeing, and the latest techniques professionals can use to support them.

Like last year, deaf young people played a key role in the conference too. With Young People’s Advisory Board members leading one of the plenary sessions and bravely sharing why mental health is important to them, and pupils from Oak Lodge School explaining the tools and interventions they’ve used to promote positive mental health and the impact this has had on their lives.